Hamlet Structural Events and Timeline

How many months has it been since King Hamlet’s death at the beginning of the play? Two months
Inciting force (which triggers conflict) of the play? Ghost tells Hamlet that Claudius kills his father
Time that has passed between Act 1 and Act 2; How many months has it been since King Hamlet’s death? Two months; Four months
Structural climax of the play (Also which act and scene)? Claudius reaction to the play within the play in Act 3 Scene 2
Turning point of the play (Also which act and scene)? When Hamlet contemplates killing Claudius while he’s praying, but chooses not to in Act 3 Scene 3
Beginning of Falling Action (Which act and scene)? Act 3 Scene Four, Between the ghosts’ last appearance and Hamlet hiding Polonius’ body
Time passed by the end of Act 3? Four months since King Hamlet’s death, 2 months since the start of the play
Majority of Act Four is what structural event? Falling Action
How much time has passed between Act 4 Scene 4 and Act 4 and Scene 5? One month
How much time has passed by the end of Act Four? Five months since King Hamlet’s death, 3 months since the start of the play
Time passed between Act Four and Five? None
Five things Hamlet does after being stabbed and before his death (in order)? 1) kills king2) ask horatio to tell his story3) he appoints Fortinbras as his successor4) kills Laertes5) forgives his mother
Rising Action of Hamlet (primarily which act/s) Act 2
Exposition of Hamlet (primarily which act/s) Act 1
Climax (primarily which act) Act 3
Falling Action (primarily which act) Act 4
Denouement (primarily which act) Act 5
Moment of final suspense (also which act)? Act 5 Scene 2
Final catastrophe? Hamlet’s death
Approximately how much time has passed between the death of King Hamlet and the remarriage of Gertrude to Claudius? less than Two months
Who sees the ghost of Hamlet’s father first? Marcellus
Who says the following: “The lady doth protest too much methinks.” Gertrude
Who tells Hamlet that Laertes has challenged him to a duel? Osric
Why does the apparition appear in Gertrude’s chamber? To protect Gertrude from Hamlet’s excessive anger
What animal does Hamlet NOT claim to see in the clouds?(A) Serpent(B) Camel(C) Weasel(D) Whale (A) Serpent
Where on the body of Fortune do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern claim to reside?(A) On her cap(B) On her breast(C) In her privates(D) In the soles of her shoe (C) In her privates
Why are the players traveling?(A) They’ve been displaced by a troupe of child actors.(B) They’re fleeing a plague in the city.(C) They’ve been run out of town by the church.(D) They want to see the world. (A) They’ve been displaced by a troupe of child actors.
Which character speaks the final line of the play?(A) Horatio(B) Fortinbras(C) Bernardo(D) Hamlet (B) Fortinbras
Who storms Elsinore Castle with a group of armed followers?(A) Hamlet(B) Laertes(C) Fortinbras(D) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (B) Laertes
Who did Rosencrantz and Guildenstern meet on their way to see Hamlet?(A) The Ghost(B) The Players(C) The Gravediggers(D) Elvis (B) The Players

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